Did you know that the food sitting on your table travels an average of 1,500 miles just to be consumed by you! Granted this is how we enjoy strawberries in December, but what a toll that package of sweet, juicy deliciousness has on Momma Earth. Just one half gallon of Tropicana orange juice adds 3.75lbs of CO2 to the atmosphere.
I bet you are wondering, “How can I offset buying my Tropicana orange juice or December strawberries?” Well, I have the answer, buy LOCALLY! For those readers in Cincinnati there are a multitude of options to buy locally. The biggest, and in my opinion best is Findlay Market in the heart of OTR. Now, if trying to find a parking space in the crowded parking lot or fighting for your turn at the produce stand isn’t your scene there are many alternatives. It seems that almost every little borough has a farmer’s market during the summer. A great place to find these little gems is cincinnati.metromix.com. Another way to eat local is to join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). The basic premise of a CSA is this. You purchase a share/membership/subscription and in return the farm will share the latest seasonal produce with you throughout the farming season.
So how can we eat locally during the winter? Well that is also an easy fix. The two best ways are to procure yourself a deep freeze and stick part of your summer produce in there to chill out until you need it. Or try your hand at canning (http://www.freshpreserving.com/).
Get out there and enjoy the August harvest of apples, apricots, arugula, basil, beans, beets, blueberries, corn, cucumbers, dates, eggplant, fennel, figs, grapes, mangoes, melons, nectarines, okra, peaches, peppers, plums, raspberries, sorrel, summer squash, tomatoes, & watermelon.
Wanna be a locavore? Check out these sites.
Findlay Market (www.findlaymarket.org)
Red Sunflower Farm (redsunflowerfarm.com)
Seventh Generation (http://www.seventhgeneration.com/learn/news/guide-low-carbon-eating)
Food Renegade (http://www.foodrenegade.com/)